Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Houston, Texas FSDO SW-09
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: CEN17LA093
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 30, 2017 in Brenham, TX
Aircraft: PIPER/DEAR J3C, registration: N7039H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On January 30, 2017, about 1538 central standard time, a Piper J3C airplane, N7039H, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb after takeoff near Brenham, Texas. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane's fuselage and wings were damaged during the forced landing. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident for an unconfirmed destination.
No one was severely injured when a two-passenger experimental plane glided into a field north of I-10 near mile marker 65.
The crash occurred Monday morning when the pilot began to lose altitude shortly after takeoff.
However, he was able to maneuver the aircraft safely to the ground.
Officials on the scene said a faulty fuel line is believed to have caused the crash, and the incident is under investigation with Federal Aviation Administration.